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Moon Cresta is a vertical scrolling shoot-'em-up. The action involves the player moving their ship along the base of the screen, while wave after wave of aliens come towards it. The yellow aliens split when shot, while the magenta ones are the toughest of all. Once the coast is clear, the player must attempt to manually dock their ship in a limited amount of time. Docking successfully will earn the player bonus points.


Moon Cresta ZX Spectrum Title screen
Moon Cresta Amstrad CPC First ship encounters an enemy wave
Moon Cresta Commodore 64 Supper Fly - enemy no.2
Moon Cresta Arcade Gently now.

Promo Images

Moon Cresta Screenshot
Moon Cresta Screenshot
Moon Cresta Screenshot
Moon Cresta Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "街机档案 月冠登陆艇" -- Chinese PlayStation 4 spelling (simplified)
  • "月冠登陆艇" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Arcade Hits: Moon Cresta" -- PlayStation title
  • "Arcade Archives: Moon Cresta" -- Nintendo Switch / PlayStation 4 title
  • "アーケードアーカイブス ムーンクレスタ" -- Japanese Nintendo Switch / PlayStation 4 spelling
  • "ムーンクレスタ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

It is exceptionally polished. Dragon 32/64 drmarkb (112)

Critic Reviews

Dragon User Dragon 32/64 Jun, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 (UK) Arcade Oct 26, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Crash! ZX Spectrum Mar, 1985 90 out of 100 90
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Aug, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jun, 1985 63 out of 100 63
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jun, 1985 3 out of 5 60
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum May, 1985 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum May, 1985 50 out of 100 50
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Computer Gamer BBC Micro Jun, 1986 6 out of 20 30


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Launch contest

A contest by the publisher invited ace players to register with them if they achieved scores over 30 thousand points; eligible players breaking that threshold (and over 4 thousand of them responded) were entered into a draw to win the original coin-op this game was a conversion of, to install in their very own living room! The eventual winner of the draw was one Ian Clark of Newcastle.

Copy protection

The Amstrad CPC version of Moon Cresta uses the LENSLOK copy protection system. With this system the game loads to a screen that displays a large 'H'. The player must line up a supplied lensing device with this 'H' and, from a distance of about one foot (30.5 cm), view the screen with one eye. The lens decodes a two character security code that must be entered before the game can be played.
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